2 x 72 Sanding Belts

(15 customer reviews)

  • Firestorm Ceramics are our #1 selling product to knife makers and blacksmiths
  • Firestorm II  (Lasts up to 30% longer than our Original Firestorm belts)
  • ACTIROX is NOW AVAILABLE!  Fastest cutting grain on the market.
  • Run-Tru joints are provided on all 2″x72″ ceramic belts: Firestorm, Firestorm II, Actirox and Blue J-Flex Ceramic material. Belts with Run-Tru precision joints from Preferred Abrasives eliminate tracking and wobble problems!

Order our 2 x 72 Starter Kit (36-1200 grit) for an assortment of the most popular grits & backings

Please reach out to us with volume opportunities to get you in touch with local distributors.



ACTIROX – (AK890Y) New VSM Shaped Ceramic Grain – CA/Y Plus (Stiff)  (Grit – 36)

    • Geometrically shaped ceramic abrasive grain for maximum stock removal.  An aggressive cut combined with low contact pressure results in less noise and vibration, and less strain for the machine and its operators. Faster grinding significantly reduces the machining time. The TOP SIZE coat results in a cool cut.

FIRESTORM II – (XK885Y) New Ceramic Grain – CA/Y Plus (Stiff)  (Grits 36-120) 

    • FIRESTORM II has a finer crystalline structure than our Original Firestorm material, delivering 30% longer life, more consistent cut rates, and fewer deep scratches (when compared to our original Firestorm Ceramic material).  Grains also resharpen with lighter work pressure.
    • Works great on most metals.  #1 performer on titanium!      Tip for use on Titanium – run at slower speeds (2500 sfpm)

ORIGINAL FIRESTORM – (XK870X) Ceramic – C/A/X Plus (Stiff)   (Grits 36-120)

    • This is our fastest-cutting ceramic product!  Can leaves deeper scratches than Firestorm II.
    • Still a favorite on carbon steel, 400 series stainless, and Inconel.

BLUE CERAMIC – (JS997 / 052J) CA/J Plus (Flexible)   (Grits 80-220)

    • Ideal when flexibility is needed or when finer grits are required


ZIRC PLUS – (R203)  ZA/Y Plus (Stiff)   (Grits 24-120)

    • GREEN ZIRC – This is the “Original Green Zirc” material.  Still considered by many to be the best zirc available!


  • AO/Y Plus  (R192)  (Stiff)   (Grits 24-600)                    BROWN AO (Heavy Duty)     (Not shown above, please call for availability & price)
  • AO/X Std  (XA911)  (Medium)   (Grits 36-400)           BROWN AO (General Purpose)
  • AO/J Plus  (KA537)  (Flexible)   (Grits 60-600)            GREEN AO
  • AO/J Flex  (RB406)  (Extra Flexible)   (Grits 60-400)  BLUE AO Hermes RB 406 J-Flex (Yellow Backing)
  • AO Film  (SA331)  (Flexible)   (Grits 40-2000)             BLUE FILM with white velour backing

Surface Conditioning

  • Surface Conditioning belts can be used to perform detail work such as blending, polishing, cleaning, contour finishing, deburring edges, fine finishing, flat finishing, setting the grain, stainless steel finishing, and attaining straight line-brushed finishes on a variety of metals. They can be used on conventional belt machines and air sanders.


  • Works great in place of leather strops for honing the edge.  Can be used with or without compound.

15 reviews for 2 x 72 Sanding Belts

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  1. Brett Onnink

  2. Steven Jett

  3. john O.

    Made some super sharps with these!!

  4. stanley mcfall

  5. Joe B.

    Wouldn’t use any others. Quality belts at very competitive prices.

  6. Michael LeValley

  7. Robert B.

    Always fast and easy.

  8. brett onnink

    Great belts while staying affordable.

  9. Jake

    I’ll be honest, I’ve used Preferred Abrasives for awhile and have been nothing but pleased. But out of curiosity I tried another (well known) brand just to see how it compared—and it didn’t come close. I have a nearly full box of that brand but am here today to order the good stuff from these guys because it’s that much better.

    • PreferredAbrasives

      Hello Jake,
      It’s alway nice to hear compliments, but this one was especially nice! Thank you.

  10. LKK

    “Can’t say enough good things about the guys at Preferred Abrasives I’m about to start a marathon day of grinding and knowing that there’s a wall of the absolute best quality and performing abrasives hanging at my back makes getting started a whole lot easier! The Original Firestorm ceramic is without question the most aggressive material removing belt we’ve ever used and unlike their orange and brown counterparts, they last FOREVER!! If you think the other brands last forever you have no clue what forever is. Message Zach, and he will put together a starter pack of their lineup. Everything you need to convince yourself that making the switch to Preferred Abrasives is the right direction for your knife grinding operation”

    “Second to none! Long lasting, fast cutting, and the best customer service possible!!!”

  11. ZG

    “Absolutely amazing! these Firestorm II belts last forever and stay sharp with clean lines. You cant get any better!”

  12. TW

    “These Original Firestorm belts are worth the money. They last forever and give consistent grinds.”

  13. Julio

    “These make some of the best knives. Grinding with these is quicker, and the belts last forever!”

  14. DHF

    End of day two and everyone has successfully ground, hardened, and tempered their blades. Preferred Abrasives Original Firestorm ceramics ran strong all day. Not bad considering Alex and I already ran them out for ??? orders. Most of these still have life in them. Tomorrow everyone will get the finish grinding and handling completed. Everyone picked scale materials this afternoon and there’s gonna be a full lineup of awesome knives.”

  15. DHF

    We’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Nobody has better belts than Preferred Abrasives. Not only is the product superior, it’s also affordable. Zach is absolutely awesome to work with and he goes above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need. The “Original Firestorm” ceramics and ultra high grit finishing belts outperform every!! other brand we’ve run. Give them a shout and get yourself one of their Startup kits!!”

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